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To start with, it has a better screen. Sony is putting a 5.8-inch 4K display in the XZ2 Premium, an improvement over the 5.7-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2160) screen on the regular XZ2. Both of them support HDR video. When you’re watching videos, listening to music, or playing games, you’ll notice the new vibration system that debuted in the XZ2; it’s meant to provide rumble feedback to match whatever’s happening on screen.
Then we have the Camera. The XZ2 Premium has two of them around back — a first for Sony. Rather than having a telephoto / zoom lens like Apple, Samsung, or OnePlus, Sony is using the another strategy. One sensor shoots black and white, and the other does color. But it is in ISO photography where Sony kills it. When shooting stills, the XZ2 Premium can reach a maximum ISO of 51,200. Videos go as high as 12,800. Normally anything you’d get at those numbers on a smartphone would look like grainy garbage, but Sony claims its “AUBE fusion image signal processor” can combine the data of both sensors, optimize for low light, and reduce noise so you get usable results. Sony claims this allows for “ultra-low-light capture previously only seen in interchangeable lens cameras.”
Those cameras can do wonders
Also The dual camera system will also have a portrait feature aka Bokeh. This would let you shoot using only the monochrome sensor for crisp, detailed black and white shots. Surprisingly, these two features won’t be on the XZ2 Premium at launch and will arrive in a Q3 software update. Like the XZ2, the Premium can record 960fps slow-mo video at 1080p resolution, an improvement over the 720p limitation on Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Other small improvements on the XZ2 Premium include RAM now 6GB, battery capacity 3,540mAh, and a sharper front-facing camera.
So while the Xperia XZ2 is great, the XZ2 Premium is better. Good for you, good for me, and good for Sony.